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John Kean wrote to Susan Livingston, unaddressed. John had been traveling for a handful of days through New Jersey and used this letter to explain his journey to Susan thus far. The first leg of the trip unfortunately was plagued by stormy weather and John was forced to stop at a tavern after only three miles. After the rain had subsided he went on to Bound Brook to spend the night there and in the morning went on to relatives of Susan. Next, John was then faced with the challenge of crossing a mountain range and compared himself to Hannibal making his way through the Alps to fight the Romans. Additionally, he listed off some of the birds he had the opportunity of seeing which included doves, larks, quails, woodpeckers, thrushes, and robins. Besides the numerous birds the only other animals he could find were squirrels. He closed the letter by detailing the room he was sitting in which was decorated elegantly with paintings on the walls both behind and in front of him.


John Kean (1756- 1795)


Susan Livingston, later Susan Kean and Susan Ursin Niemcewicz (1759-1833)

Creation Date

c. 1786

Creation Date


Document Type



Liberty Hall Collection, 1711-1847 (bulk 1790-1830)

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 2


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John Kean to Susan Livingston, c. 1786 (19)